HARLEM. Home of the famous “Showtime” and “Amateur Night at the Apollo,” this theater has a very rich history of bringing some of the most talented African-American performers to the stage. Interestingly enough, when the building first opened in 1913, it was a whites-only burlesque hall. But its purchase by the Shiffman and Brecher families in 1935 opened the stage for greats like Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., Stevie Wonder and the Jackson Five. Today, the theater operates under nonprofit status and is still popular with young audiences for hosting fresh local and national talent. Tours are available for groups of 20 or more. Call 212-531-5337 to set up a date and time.
TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 125th St
Address253 W 125th St, between 7th and 8th Ave, Harlem, NY 10027-4408
HoursTours Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 11am, 1pm, 3pm; Wed 11am; Sat-Sun 11am, 1pm
Box Office Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-8:30pm; Sat Noon-6pm